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The cheapest energy is the energy we do not have to create. This is why energy efficiency is so important in Iowa’s energy management plans. Energy efficiency reduces the consumption of energy, which results in a decrease of energy-generated environmental impacts and significantly reduces a business’s energy costs.

The Iowa Energy Efficiency Assistance Program for Rural Small Businesses at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center was created to provide free comprehensive, on-site technical assistance and educational materials specifically tailored to the needs of rural Iowa small businesses. Making the overall goal of the program to reduce energy consumption from Iowa small businesses.

Through this program, the IWRC will evaluate a small business's energy consumption and costs, identify resources to determine appropriate techniques the business can implement to reduce energy consumption and improve the business's bottom line.

This assistance is funded through a grant from the Iowa Energy Office located at the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

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